Charlottesville Swing Dance Society
Swing Dance News ~ December 2019                                     
Attendees of CSDS functions are expected to be
familiar with and abide by our Code of Conduct!

~ This Month ~

Saturday, Dec. 21st
6-7 pm Dinner
7-8 pm Lesson
8-11 pm Dance
December Dance
7:30-9 pm Dancing (Free)
Hosts/DJ: Lisa Morales &
Kevin Sumter
CANCELLED Dec. 26th!!

Saturday, Dec. 7th 
Saturday, Dec. 7th
Sunday, Dec. 8th 
Saturday, Dec. 14th 
Sunday, Dec. 15th 
Wednesday, Dec. 18th 
Saturday, Dec. 21st 
Sunday, Dec. 22nd
Saturday, Dec. 28th
Saturday, Dec. 28th
Visit the CSDS website!  
*CSDS lists non-CSDS dance hosts and events as a courtesy. All events are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice so confirm all details with Event Hosts (not CSDS!).  
Event Hosts:  send us info about your monthly events by the 20th to ensure inclusion in the following month's Newsletter.

December CSDS

Member Birthdays

Joella Sloand (1st)
Bonnie Strickler (1st)
Gerry Sackett (5th)
Vic Gregor (17th)
Peg Miller (17th)
Jim Naffin (23rd)
Joan Seale (27th)
Sarah Malpass (28th) 
($5 Admission for Members the Month of your Birthday)
Members, let us know if
we've missed your birthday!
~ Dance Schedule ~
2020 Dates:
January 18th - MAC 
February15th - ICUMC 
March 21st - ICUMC 
April 18th - ICUMC 
May 16th - ICUMC 
June 20th - MAC 
July 18th - MAC 
August 15th
September 19th
October 17th
November 28th (4th Sat.)
December 19th 
- $10 CSDS Members
- $13 Non-Members
- $5 Students (Full-Time
   with ID), First-Timers   
- Children 17 & Under Free
ICUMC: Ivy Creek United
Methodist Church
Charlottesville, VA  22901 
Municipal Arts Center
Charlottesville, VA  22902

Lesson: 7-8 pm
Dance: 8-11 pm  
*with rare exceptions like our Workshop Weekends! 
Board of Directors
&  Helpers

Board of Directors

Ed Guida  


Bonnie Strickler

  Vice President 

Jim Naffin


Gaia Read


Katie Bigelow

  Talent Coordinator  

Kyla Miller


Adela Su  

  Newsletter, Social Media 

Robert Tran


Kristin Wenger  

  Volunteer Coordinator 



Lisa Morales 

  Swing Swap Hostess/DJ,

  Nominating Committee 

Brian Muszynski 

  Sound System  

June Taft


Tammy Davis



Next BoD Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9th, 7 pm    

Email CSDS for location; members welcome!
~ Booty's Corner ~

A big thank you to all of the event photographers who take all the fantastic and memorable (and sometimes hilarious!) pictures of us at dance events! DCSX photogs Carl Lind, Jeannette Senn, Katie Meadows and Dan Sweet are pictured above. They love it when we use their pictures for our Facebook profile pictures, to post on IG, etc. Please remember to give them credit, buy their photos if they are for sale and/or to send them some $, as sometimes, they are there on their own dime. Thank you so much for all the hours of hard work and time you put in (instead of dancing!), to leave us with something to share with our family and friends and to be able to re-live those moments later on. <3
Charlottesville Swing
Dance Society (CSDS)
P.O. Box 4442
Charlottesville, VA  22905
Like us on Facebook   
~ Saturday, December 21st ~
Members Appreciation Month
Holiday Dinner & Dance!
Instructor/DJ Kristin Wenger
(Photo by Carl Lind)
CSDS looks forward to seeing everyone at our Holiday Dinner-Dance with instructor/DJ Kristin Wenger, at the  Municipal Arts Center. December is our Members Appreciation month so the Dinner and Dance are FREE for CSDS members! What a great way to wrap up 2019! See pricing below for Non-Members, or better yet, become a CSDS member (just $15/year, less than the cost of paying for the Dinner+Dance) and the entire evening is free, and then you'll also enjoy member discounts on all of our events for the coming year!  
6:00-7:00 pm  Dinner
7:00-8:00 pm  Lesson (TBA) 
8:00-11:00 pm  Dance
- Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Curried Vegetables over Basmati Rice (GF/Vegan!)
- Seared Blackened Salmon 
- Herb-Roasted Red Potatoes
- Snow Peas & Shiitake Sauté
- 3 Bean Salad
- Dessert
CSDS Members: Free!
Non-Members: $23
Students: $15

CSDS Members: Free!
Non-Members: $13
Students: $5
CSDS Members: Free!
Everyone Else: $10

Everyone (members and non-members) must RSVP by sending an email to [email protected]; let us know how many are coming and if you're members or non-members.

On site (cash, check, credit card)

Instead of paying $23 for the evening, why not become a CSDS member for just $15, take advantage of member pricing for our dances and workshop weekends for the coming year, and then the dinner and dance are FREE?! You can become a member here or pay on-site.
Please wear either dance shoes or light-colored soles; whatever you wear must be non-marking!
Attendees of CSDS events are expected to be familiar with and abide by our  Code of Conduct. Any questions,  let us know

In the event of inclement weather, we will post any schedule updates/changes on our  public Facebook page (you don't have to have an account) by 2 pm. 
Let us know! Don't forget to RSVP for the dinner by 12/17!! 
US Open Bound!
CSDS is so excited that two of our own are returning to  The Open over Thanksgiving weekend, to compete their new routines!! Alyssa Gillespie and partner Rob Glover will compete in the Showcase division, and Jacen Northcutt and partner Taylor Garrish will compete in the Young Adult division. We are all so proud of you and wish you the best of luck! You can watch online (for a fee)  here
PC: Katie Meadows, Carl Lind
Dancing at The Laurels - Dec. 18th
Join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, December 18th when we head over to The Laurels to spread some holiday cheer! It's been several years since we've paid them a visit and they are super excited about us coming to dance and socialize with them during the holiday season. Spread the word, everyone is welcome to join us! And, if you are able to bring something to share (cookies, etc.), please do, but no nuts!
Swing Swap Cancellations:
December 26th & January 2nd
(See you back on January 9th!)
~ Happy Holidays! ~
Charlotte Westie Fest
Charlotte Westie Fest is the next regional weekend dance event, Thursday - Sunday, January 30th - February 2nd, in Charlotte, NC, and hosted by our friends, Event Directors Rick and Cindy Dauss. Many C-ville/CSDS Westies will be attending with our own Alyssa Gillespie on staff! If you've never attended a weekend dance event, this would be a great first event. Up to 4 days of non-stop dancing in the form of workshops, intensives, performances, competition and of course, tons of social dancing. You'll learn from the top touring professionals and meet/dance with hundreds of other dancers from all over. Interested in purchasing dance shoes? Several dance shoe vendors will be on site with loads of shoes available for you to try on! If you are at all considering going,  reserve a hotel room now; you can always cancel it later. If you wait until you decide to go to get a room, the hotel will most likely be sold out and it will be too late!
Would you enjoy free admission to a CSDS dance? CSDS is a non-profit organization and is 100% run by volunteers. It "takes a village" to host a dance. Volunteer Coordinator Kristin Wenger is collecting names of CSDS members who would be willing to help out from time to time in exchange for free admission. We need helpers to set up, sit at the registration desk, clean up, or help with the snack table.  Let her know if you are interested. No obligation required. Thank you helping to support your local dance club!
Dance Resources
Dec. 5-8:  Swingle Bell Rock - NJ/NY
Dec. 27-30:  Floor Play New Years - Orlando, FL
Dec. 28-Jan. 1:  Spotlight New Years - Ypsilanti, MI
Dec./Jan.:   New Year's Boston - Framingham, MA
Jan. 16-19:  ASDC - Austin, TX
Jan. 17-19:  Freedom Swing - Claymont, DE
Jan. 23-26:  Derby City Swing - Louisville, KY
Jan. 30-Feb.2:  Charlotte Westie Fest - Charlotte, NC
Feb. 13-16:  Capital Swing - Sacramento, CA
Feb. 20-23:  Rose City Swing - Tigard, OR
Feb. 22-27:  WCS Champions at Sea - Western Caribbean
Mar. 5-8:  MADjam - Baltimore, MD
Mar. 19-22:  Chicago Classic - Oakbrook, IL
Mar. 19-22:  Boston Tea Party - Newton, MA
Mar. 26-29:  5280 Westival - Aurora, CO
Apr. 2-5:  ESS Boston - Boxboro, MA
Apr. 3-5:  Swing Over Orlando - Orlando, FL
Apr. 9-12:  Easter Swing - Bellevue, WA
Apr. 16-19:  City of Angels - Los Angeles, CA
Apr. 23-27:   Swing Dance America - Lake Geneva, WI
May 7-10:  ULTRA Westie Fest - San Diego, CA
May 21-24:  Grand Nationals (20th!) - Atlanta, GA
Jun. 18-21:  Mastery of Swing - Morristown, NJ
Jun. 25-28:  Liberty Swing - New Brunswick, NJ
Aug. 6-9: Swing Fling - Herndon, VA
Sep. 10-13:  Trilogy Swing - Durham, NC

Know of a dance event not mentioned above? Let us know so we can list it and help spread the word!

Adela is often the Table/Group Dinner Organizer for events attended by Charlottesville Westies ~ if you're planning to go to any of these or other events, let her know! And reserve your hotel room ASAP as the event hotels usually sell out well in advance; you can always cancel it later. Don't wait until you decide to go to book your room; it will be too late!

Gaia Read often organizes roadtrips from Charlottesville for the DC/MD/NoVA dances/events; contact her if you're interested in carpooling sometime.

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